Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. (NOW) is excited to announce that the 8th Annual NOW Road Race & Walk will return on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Held annually since 2012, the Road Race features a scenic run along the quiet streets of Alexander’s Lake in Dayville and raises funds for NOW. Putnam Bank will return to the event as the Race Day sponsor for 2019, continuing a long tradition of supporting the Road Race.

Subtitled, “Lap the Lake” the race is a traditional timed 5K (3.1 miles), starting at The Lake Tavern on Upper Maple Street in Dayville, with one “lap” around Alexander’s Lake and finishing back at The Lake Tavern. The event is inclusive of runners and walkers, with individuals of all levels of fitness encouraged to participate. The top overall male and female runners will each receive a $100 cash prize, with awards to the top three finishers in each 5-year age bracket. The event also features a Kids Fun Run, with children of all ages invited to participate.

For several years, the Road Race has been generously sponsored by Putnam Bank, which shows additional support with dozens of employees walking and running in the event. In 2018, over 40 Putnam Bank employees turned out to participate, a record number for the event sponsor. NOW Executive Director Sarah Wolfburg commented, “We are so appreciative to Putnam Bank for coming back year after year to sponsor our Road Race. With so many of their employees coming out to participate, including Bank President & CEO Tom Borner, Putnam Bank truly has embraced the mission of wellness that the NOW Road Race promotes.”

For 2019, NOW will once again offer a long-sleeved, moisture wicking tech t-shirt to race participants as an add-on to registration. The shirt will feature the event logo on the front, with sponsor logos on the back. A variety of sponsorships, including t-shirt sponsorships, are currently available as an opportunity for local businesses to show support for NOW. All proceeds of the Road Race will support NOW youth programs and scholarships.

NOW is a non-profit human services organization focused on youth wellness. NOW provides children with the opportunity to participate in area wellness activities and athletics programs, offering scholarships to the youth of the community with up to 95% of the cost being subsidized by NOW. The mission of the organization is to provide ALL children, regardless of financial resources, equal opportunities to achieve & maintain youth wellness, beginning at an early age.

Registration is currently available online, with early-bird reduced rates offered for the winter and early spring months of 2019.